The Canadian Forces forced to review how it trains and interacts with foreign military personnel after it was revealed officials met with a unit with ties to ukranian National Socialist.
The review was sparked after concerns were raised by Jewish supremacist groups of the alleged involvement of Canadian troops training with a battalion in Ukraine with links to National Socialists, as well as warnings by soldiers last year that Canadians trained with some Iraqi forces involved in "torture and rape".
The Canadians met with and were briefed by leaders from the Azov Battalion in June 2018. The officers and diplomats did not object to the meeting and instead allowed themselves to be photographed with battalion officials despite previous Jewish warnings that the unit saw itself as White National Socialist. The Azov Battalion then used those photos for its online propaganda, pointing out the Canadian delegation expressed hopes for further fruitful co-operation.
A year before the meeting, Canada’s Joint Task Force Ukraine produced a briefing on the Azov Battalion, acknowledging its links to National Socialismideology. “Multiple members of Azov have described themselves as Nazis,” the Canadian officers warned in their 2017 briefing.